Weather wreaks havoc on French truffles

2016-02-25 22:44
A close up of black truffles (Tuber Melanosporum) in Chinon. (Guillaume Souvant, AFP)

A close up of black truffles (Tuber Melanosporum) in Chinon. (Guillaume Souvant, AFP)

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Valence - The key Tricastin market for black truffles in southeastern France is closing two weeks early because of "catastrophic" underproduction blamed on a hot summer and a mild winter, the industry said on Thursday.

"The weather has been catastrophic. The summer was very hot and dry, and there wasn't the desired moisture," said Michel Courvoisier of the French truffle growers federation FFT.

"In the autumn we didn't have rain at the right time and the winter was mild," he added.

Southeastern France accounts for nearly three-quarters of national production of the "black diamond", which can fetch around €500/kg.

According to the FFT's estimates, this season's output from the region was around 29 tons, compared with last year's 40 tons.

Overall production of the delicacy is projected at just 35 tons this year, compared with 56 tons in 2015.

The finest black truffles have a subtle aroma and an earthy flavour reminiscent of rich chocolate.

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